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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest — 3/27/06

Police and King Co. (Wash.) Medical Examiners Office workers remove a body from a house where a gunman opened fire in Seattle early Saturday, killing six before committing suicide when confronted by police. The house was a rental home occupied by 20 young partygoers at the time, police said, here and here. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, John Lok)

Side Bar: Alleged Seattle gunman had ties to Whitefish, Mont., here.

1. Seattle Times: "What is Washington State University's athletic department doing about its baseball manager who lied on his job application and dealt with his former employer less than honestly? Nothing." For the rest of the editorial, click here.

2. The same company that made mistakes on the scoring of 4,400 SAT college entrance exams will be grading this year’s Washington Assessment of Student Learning here.

3. "March of the Penguins" is a shoe-in for an award as judges are huddling in Missoula, Mont., to pick the best international wildlife films here.

4. In pilot programs at its alternative schools, the Meridian School District in the Boise area no longer is handing out D's & F's, favoring instead to grade students on a system involving A's, B's, C's and work in progress, here.

5. Kirkland-based is getting a bad reputation among some consumers who say the site didn't find them a perfect match at all here.

6. IMHO-NW: D.F. Oliveria/SR (Huckleberries: Zags make "Law & Order"), Frank Mieli/Kalispell Daily Inter Lake (More mainstream media madness), Bill Virgin/Seattle PI (Don't toss the clutter), Rebecca Nappi/SR (Wanted: Easier access to grave), John Wilson/WSU Daily Evergreen (Promoting free expression at WSU), and Steve Kelley/Seattle Times (George Mason stuns UConn).

Opinion Poll: A plurality of 33.2% among 1420 respondents to an Olympian poll now say that the best proposed motto for Washington state is "Washington: Left of Everything."

*The brother of two Seattle men convicted in the shooting death of University of Idaho football player Eric McMillan has been found guilty on two counts of perjury here.

*Survey: Montanans less likely to pay $50 in taxes to help neighbors make ends meet here.

*WSU baseballers beat Stanford for first time since 1978 here.

Orbusmax Special: 7 or 11 Mount Hood glaciers have melted an average of 30% here.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.